The residents of Luhansk region will be saved due to the government’s decision to drop the gas price for Luhansk thermal power plant. This was said by former chairman of Luhansk region civil and military administration Hennady Moskal on the air of 112 TV channel, as Ukrainian News reports.
Hennady Moskal reminded that Luhansk power station had to switch to gas usage for energy production due to the disruption of coal supplies to Ukraine by Russia. There are no other ways of coal supplies to Luhansk thermal power plant except Russia and the region is endangered.
“Today, the survival issue of Luhansk region is raised. As a former chairman of civil and military administration, I cannot ignore it. Starting from June 1, the diplomats from the new government acted in such way that Russia stopped coal supplies to Ukraine, but there is no other way to transfer the coal to the Shchastia thermal power plant, only from Russia. That means people may be left without light and work,” Moskal stated.
He noted that coal resources ended since July 29 and the thermal power plant had to shift to gas. However, if the government sells electricity to people at the present gas price, prices at the payment documents will increase by several times. Therefore, according to Moskal, the government made the only right decision by reduction of the gas price for Luhansk power station and saved the citizens of the region.
“The Cabinet of Ministers took the fire upon itself. I support neither Hroisman nor the government. But it is the only right solution during all its work, which I observe today. Yes, really, the price would be included in the payment documents of the citizens. If they did not drop the price, people would go bankrupt,” Moskal said.
He also added that it is necessary to finish the building of Kremenetska electrical substation and the railroad to the town for the solution of the coal supply issue.
“The government has started the building of Kremenetska electrical substation as well as the railway to Kremenets town in Luhansk region. But neither new political power nor the government wants to continue it,” the former chairman said.